April 13, 1976 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
|New Jersey Devils
HC Rabat Kladno (Cze-1/CzEx)
HC Pardubice (CzEx)
HC JME Znojemští Orli (CzEx)
Metallurg Magnitogorsk (RSL)
|National team||Czech Republic|
|NHL Draft||51st overall, 1994
New Jersey Devils
Patrik Eliáš (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpatrɪk ˈɛlɪjaːʃ] ( listen); born April 13, 1976 in Třebíč, Moravia, Czech Republic) is a Czech professional hockey center and alternate captain for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). A long-time Devil and currently the team's longest-tenured skater, Eliáš is the franchise's all-time leader in points and goals, while holding the franchise record for the most points in a season (96) and the most career game-winning goals (74).
Playing career 
Eliáš was drafted by the New Jersey Devils 51st overall (2nd round) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.
As part of the A Line with Petr Sýkora and Jason Arnott, he helped lead the team to the 1999–2000 Stanley Cup championship. He assisted on Arnott's Cup-clinching goal in double overtime in Game 6 at Dallas. The following year he scored a team record 96 points in the regular season, third best in the league. He also played a key role in helping New Jersey win the 2003 Stanley Cup.
During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, he played hockey in the Czech Republic.
Three months into the 2005–06 season, he made his first appearance of the season on January 3, 2006, against the Florida Panthers, resuming his role as an alternate captain (replacing Alexander Mogilny). He picked up where he left off, scoring eight points in his first four games and helping the Devils win his first nine games back with the team. In the first game of the 2006 playoffs against the New York Rangers, he became the 10th player to score six points in an NHL playoff game, with two goals and four assists. Eliáš' 2006 postseason campaign was spectacular, even though the Devils were eliminated by eventual Cup champions, Carolina, in the second round. Eliáš scored 6 goals and added 10 assists for an impressive 16 points in just 9 games.
Unable to reach a deal with the Devils headed into the 2006 off-season, Elias tested unrestricted free agency. In addition to offers to from the Chicago Blackhawks and the Montreal Canadiens, Elias verbally agreed to sign with the rival New York Rangers on July 1. However, talks hit a snag when Rangers GM Glen Sather would not agree on a no-move clause. Elias called Devils GM Lou Lamoriello and the two sides agreed on a 7 year, $42 million contract that included a no-movement clause.
He was named the Devils new captain on October 5, 2006, becoming the seventh captain in team history. The previous captain of the Devils was Canadian born defenceman Scott Stevens, now retired. He is also the first European born captain in the history of the franchise.
Sutter later placed Eliáš on a top scoring line which consisted of Dainus Zubrus and Brian Gionta. Eliáš is also known to work well with Devils winger Zach Parise, with whom he occasionally plays with on "heroes line" and frequently plays with on the power-play unit.
On March 17, 2009, Eliáš ecame the New Jersey Devils' all-time leading scorer by recording his 702nd regular season point, an assist on Brian Gionta's shorthanded goal. Gionta's goal was the game-winner in a 3-2 win over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, giving the edge for Martin Brodeur's record-breaking 552nd win as a goaltender to pass Patrick Roy, who held the former record at 551 wins. Chants of "Pa-trik E-li-as" were heard as Devils' PA announcer Kevin Clark confirmed to the crowd that Eliáš had broken John MacLean's record. Eliáš was the second star of the night, only behind Brodeur.
He was the winner of the 2009 Golden Hockey Stick as the world's best Czech hockey player, ending Jaromír Jágr's four-year streak. He scored his 300th career goal on December 12, 2009, against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Patrik Elias has been named as the Captain of the Czech Republic men's national ice hockey team.
Despite a weak first half by the Devils during the 2010–11 season, Patrik Elias was selected to be the Devils sole representative during the 2011 NHL All-Star Game. This was his third all-star appearance, and was eventually selected by Team Staal in the first ever NHL All-Star draft.
On February 19, 2011, Eliáš recorded the 800th point of his career, with his third assist of the game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
On April 1, 2011, Eliáš scored his 8th career hat trick against the Philadelphia Flyers.
On December 17, 2011, Eliáš scored two goals (347, 348) against the Montreal Canadiens to tie, then pass John MacLean as the leading goal scorer for the New Jersey Devils.
Patrik Elias played his 1,000th NHL game on January 6, 2012, all of them played with the New Jersey Devils. He scored a goal and recorded 2 assists in a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers.
On January 27th, 2013, Patrik Eliáš Recorded his 900th career point with a goal and two assists against the Montreal Canadiens. It was a game in which the New Jersey Devils would lose to the Canadiens 4-3 in the 5-minute overtime at Montreal's Bell Center.
- 1998: World championship Bronze medal, Czech Republic
- 1997–98: NHL All-Rookie team
- 1999–2000: Stanley Cup champion, New Jersey Devils
- 1999–2000: NHL All-Star Game participant
- 2000–01: NHL First All-Star team
- 2000–01: NHL Bud Light Plus/Minus Award (shared with Joe Sakic)
- 2001–02: NHL All-Star Game participant
- 2002–03: Stanley Cup champion, New Jersey Devils
- 2006: Olympic Bronze medal, Czech Republic
- 2011: NHL All-Star Game participant
- 2011: World championship Bronze medal, Czech Republic
- Eliáš is the only NHL player to be awarded two penalty shots in overtime. Both occurred in separate games versus the New York Islanders, and in both cases, Eliáš missed the penalty shot.
- Most overtime goals in a season, 4.
- New Jersey Devils record for most points in one season, 96.
- New Jersey Devils record for most points in a playoff season, 23.
- New Jersey Devils all-time leader in playoff goals (45), assists (80), and points (125).
- New Jersey Devils record for hat tricks, 8.
- New Jersey Devils record for career assists, 555.
- New Jersey Devils record for career points (930), ahead of John MacLean
- New Jersey Devils record for game-winning goals (78).
- New Jersey Devils record for career goals (375), ahead of John MacLean
Career statistics 
|1995–96||Albany River Rats||AHL||74||27||36||63||83||4||1||1||2||2|
|1995–96||New Jersey Devils||NHL||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1996–97||Albany River Rats||AHL||57||24||43||67||76||6||1||2||3||8|
|1996–97||New Jersey Devils||NHL||17||2||3||5||2||8||2||3||5||4|
|1997–98||Albany River Rats||AHL||3||3||0||3||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1997–98||New Jersey Devils||NHL||74||18||19||37||28||4||0||1||1||0|
|1998–99||New Jersey Devils||NHL||74||17||33||50||34||7||0||5||5||6|
|1999–00||New Jersey Devils||NHL||72||35||37||72||58||23||7||13||20||9|
|1999–00||Horácká Slavia Třebíč||1.Liga||2||1||2||3||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||New Jersey Devils||NHL||82||40||56||96||51||25||9||14||23||10|
|2001–02||New Jersey Devils||NHL||75||29||32||61||36||6||2||4||6||6|
|2002–03||New Jersey Devils||NHL||81||28||29||57||22||24||5||8||13||26|
|2003–04||New Jersey Devils||NHL||82||38||43||81||44||5||3||2||5||2|
|2004–05||HC JME Znojemští Orli||CzEx||28||8||20||28||65||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||New Jersey Devils||NHL||38||16||29||45||20||9||6||10||16||4|
|2006–07||New Jersey Devils||NHL||75||21||48||69||38||10||1||9||10||4|
|2007–08||New Jersey Devils||NHL||74||20||35||55||38||5||4||2||6||4|
|2008–09||New Jersey Devils||NHL||77||31||47||78||32||7||1||2||3||2|
|2009–10||New Jersey Devils||NHL||58||19||28||48||40||5||0||4||4||2|
|2010–11||New Jersey Devils||NHL||81||21||41||62||16||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||New Jersey Devils||NHL||81||26||52||78||16||24||5||3||8||10|
|2012–13||New Jersey Devils||NHL||48||14||22||36||22||—||—||—||—||—|
International play 
|Olympic medal record|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Bronze||2006 Turin||Ice hockey|
|Bronze||1998 Switzerland||Ice hockey|
|Bronze||2011 Slovakia||Ice hockey|
International statistics 
|Senior int'l totals||34||16||14||30||26|
See also 
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|Awards and achievements|
|Co-winner of the NHL Plus/Minus Award
(with Joe Sakic)
|Golden Hockey Stick
|New Jersey Devils captain